The TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation announced a new nationwide event, “Swing Fore Childhood Cancer,” presented by Northwestern Mutual.
The fundraising event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28.
Hosted during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the fundraiser will be held at Topgolf and Suite Shots locations across the nation, including Texas, California, Louisiana, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, North Dakota, and Tennessee. Registration is now open to the public in all markets.
“The goal of “Swing Fore Kids Childhood Cancer is to further spread awareness of our mission,” Tait Cruse, managing partner of Northwestern Mutual’s Dallas locations, co-founder of TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation and father to Connor Cruse, said in a statement.
Cruse says the event will raise “much-needed funds to expand important pediatric cancer research and childhood cancer clinical trials.”
Money raised will benefit a local children’s hospital in that market, according to the TeamConnor co-founder.
Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the nation, according to The National Children’s Cancer Society. Each year in the United States, an estimated 15,780 children aged 0-19 are diagnosed with cancer.
That’s 43 children per day being told they have cancer—yet less than 4% of the federal government’s budget for cancer research is dedicated to childhood cancers, the foundation said.
Topgolf locations in North Texas staging the event are:
3760 Blair Oaks Drive, The Colony, TX 75056
Benefitting Children’s Health/UT Southwestern
2201 E 4th St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
Benefitting Cook Children’s
TeamConnor was founded in 2008 by Connor Cruse’s parents, Joy and Tait Cruse.
Connor was 4 years old when he was diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma on May 15, 2005. He waged a four-year battle that included more than 200 nights in the hospital, 14 surgeries, 40 blood transfusions, 25 rounds of chemo, two bone marrow transplants, and countless painful procedures, the foundation said.
Since 2008, TeamConnor has donated nearly $5 million to numerous hospitals nationwide in its mission to fund improved treatment options and ultimately cures for childhood cancers.
For more information on how to join the fight against childhood cancer, you can visit the TeamConnor website here.
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